At Sukambizi Association Trust in Malawi tea plants are not producing as much leaf as they should. On average crop yield is down by about 15 percent.
Effects of climate change
Drought conditions are responsible for an increase in diseases uncommon in the area in the past. A pest called Helopeltis, which looks like a mosquito, has now become a big problem. The adult lays its eggs on the tea plant and when they hatch...
The combination of drought and deforestation has reduced the Kasinthula Cane Growers’ (KCG) sugarcane yield by over 28 percent over the past year.
Historically, the area where the KCG farmers live gets about 750mm of rain each year, although you need 2,500mm of water throughout a 12 month period to grow sugarcane properly. Over the past few years this amount has even decreased to 350mm of rain. The farmers have...